Review: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David, PhD


 I think there are very few completely new ideas, and that as human beings, we are actually quite unoriginal. Our responses, our stories, our fears, our questions, our concerns, seem to remain relatively the same, decade after decade, generation after generation. Nihil novi sub sole, which translates into "there is nothing new under the sun. And it is true. And yet, we struggle with the same ideas repeatedly. Why? Ah, this is the question. 

But as unoriginal as the message in this book is, it's a good message. David's tone is easy and inspiring, and her message is clear. So, while this is not breakthrough thinking, these are things that bear repeating and ideas that all of us may benefit from hearing again and again because so many of us are still getting stuck or just can't seem to get out of our own way. And if that is ever you, then I would recommend this book, not with the expectation of learning anything new, but with the expectation of being reminded of what you already know. So you can try to get unstuck and stay that way. 

Of course, to do so, I recommending personal writing.